Happiness at Work – Becoming Indispensable

Happiness at Work – Becoming Indispensable

It is great to find a new role.  You start work and you think you are doing OK.  Then something happens – say the market changes.  And all of sudden your employer needs to think about the future and who is going to be around long term and who might not be.  How do you make sure that you are on the “staying around” list?

Do your job well!

Number one on any list related to maintaining job security has to be learning as much as you can about your work; then using what you have learned to help you do your job well. Learn to do it well! And then be consistent; do it well every day. There is no room for off days and days when you just don’t hit the mark – work on delivering good quality work consistently and reliably.

Generate ideas

People who regularly come up with ideas and suggestions are always valuable.  Not all of your ideas may be the right ones but aim for a good hit rate. If you can offer plenty of new ideas and new ways of looking at your own work, and the organization overall, it certainly marks you out.  Employers aren’t just looking for people to carry out tasks, they want someone who can show independent thinking and find new ways to do things better – more efficiently or at less cost.

Make your manager and your organization look good

If you can help your manager shine, you will surprised how much of the reflected glory you will receive in return.  Managers are usually very grateful and most of them will show it.  They will begin to see you as valuable.  It can help as well if you know of tasks your boss dislikes or finds difficult and you are prepared to take them on. On top of that, if there is an opportunity to promote the interests of the organization as a whole, then take it. After all you are a stakeholder.

Be Positive

No one is perfect and your boss, like the rest of us, will have some weaknesses.  It rarely, if ever, helps to highlight them to senior management.  Unless you have a really good reason, avoid complaining at work.  People who moan and complain routinely are usually not well liked.  Unless you can suggest positive ways to improve things, it’s better to keep quiet.  Stay positive.  Nobody likes someone who sucks-up all the time, but if your boss or team mate has done a good job, there’s nothing wrong in celebrating that. People who get results usually do it with enthusiasm and a positive attitude; they are the ones employers want to keep around.

Set some boundaries

If you want to stay positive and upbeat, keep up a good work/life balance. As much as you want to be indispensable, you need some boundaries.   Think very carefully before you let anyone, including your boss, think you really are available 24/7.  If you don’t establish some boundaries, you are setting yourself up to burn out.  This doesn’t need to cause problems; you just need to explain, with courtesy, that there are times when you are not available.  But you need to make clear how willing you are to help at other times. You need to have a life outside work, if you really want to excel and be creative when you are at work.

Wendy Mason is a career coach.  She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between coaching and writing. You can contact Wendy atwendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more athttp://wisewolfcoaching.com

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